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Independence Day is the national day of the United States. Commonly known as the Fourth of July, the 185th day of the year is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain. Independence Day is commonly associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, concerts, baseball games, family reunions, and political speeches/ceremonies, in addition to various other public and private events celebrating the history, government, and traditions of the United States.

As you might imagine, July 4th is the perfect day for photographers to capture fireworks. We decided to collect some impressive pictures of firework  from professional photographers on Flickr and share them with you. Some fantastic shots are present in this collection, we hope you will enjoy them!  Here are a few tips to help you get some great fireworks photographs:

  • Shoot in manual mode: Auto focusing in low light can be very difficult for many cameras and you’ll end up missing a lot of shots.
  • Turn your flash off: This one is a no-brainer…
  • Aperture: Somewhere between f/8 to f/16 is ideal for fireworks.
  • Shoot at a low ISO:  This will ensure the cleanest shots possible. 100 or little bit less will be fine.
  • Keep the shutter open: To capture the entire burst, it’s always a good idea to exposure to set the exposure to the maximum length.
  • Be prepared: Bring a flashlight, charged batteries, and plenty of empty memory cards.
  • Turn on noise reduction: This will get rid of any digital noise created by your long exposures, even with a low ISO.
  • Get a good position: Try to evaluate the fireworks area during the day. As silly as it might seem, having a game plan for the evening is vital for a successful shot.
  • Use a tripod: To get the best shots, you have to make sure that your camera is stable. Nothing is worse than capturing the perfect moment and then realizing it’s blurry.
  • Treat light as illumination rather than a subject: Fireworks create their own exposure. In order to preserve color and shape, you will have to be prepared to vary the exposure and to account for other elements such as smoke from fireworks, or building lights in the background.
  • Easy on the Zoom: This is a celebration, try to give your photos the feeling of experience. Your surroundings can make your photos a huge boost. Seeing other people and the surroundings make me feel like I shared the memory with other human being without actually being there.
  • Vertical vs Horizontal: This is a personal preference and is completely up to you.
  • Get creative: Enjoy yourself, have a good time, experiment, take lots of photos, and don’t take it too seriously!

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Posted by Igor Ovsyannykov

I'm a digital nomad and entrepreneur bouncing around South East Asia. When I'm not working here, I'm out taking photos. Follow me on Instagram: @igorovsyannykov

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